Rape Victim Testifies in Assailant’s Murder Trial

Mary Vincent testified against the man who raped and mutilated her 20 years ago. Vincent provided 10 minutes of testimony in the penalty phase of a trial charging Lawrence Singleton with the murder of Roxanne Hayes in Tampa, Florida.

Singleton was convicted of raping Vincent, then a 15-year-old runaway, and chopping off her forearms. Vincent told reporters that she looked him in the eye when she identified him as her assailant. “I had to. I had to identify him,” she said.

Singleton was let out on parole 10 years ago after serving time in prison for his actions against Vincent. He denies ever attacking Mary Vincent, but admits to murdering Roxanne Hayes.


Washington Post - February 25, 1998

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